Rally for Marc Lamont Hill
Dec 6 From the River to the Sea: Philly Stands with Marc Lamont Hill Rally at Temple University
In the wake of increasingly frequent attacks on radical professors and activists, especially those who speak on Palestine, Temple Students for Justice in Palestine and allied organizations are mobilizing in support of Dr. Marc Lamont Hill and calling on the Temple University Board of Trustees to rescind and cease their libelous statements.
Advocating for equal rights for all people in historic Palestine and the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homeland is not a call for the destruction or murder of any people. Painting freedom, secular democracy, and equality as an incitement to violence or even genocide is ahistorical and an argument made in bad faith. Dr. Hill’s statements, made at the UN’s International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, cannot be classified as “hate speech” against Jewish people. We reject the sentiment that anti-Zionism is equivalent to anti-Semitism, because denouncing a settler colonialist, white supremacist state does not make one anti-Semitic. Because we recognize that the Zionist entity is an apartheid state, we know that genuine democracy does not - cannot - exist in Israel. We know that the imperialist Western powers have manufactured an artificial idea of peace and democracy in order to pursuit profit at the expense of colonized peoples. Finally, we know that to advocate for a free Palestine is to advocate for freedom from apartheid, for liberation from siege, for basic access to water and safety for ALL people living in Palestine.
In the pursuit of justice and truth, we are asking the Temple Board of Trustees to examine their own hypocrisy - why should Patrick O’Connor - one of Bill Cosby’s defense lawyers - who is no longer on the Board of Trustees, have any say about Marc’s statements? O’Connor was quoted saying that Marc’s statement “blackens [Temple’s] name unnecessarily.” The language used by O’Connor speaks for itself.
Why should we allow Temple University to threaten one of the greatest scholars the university has ever had, while the administration is free to continue to gentrify North Philadelphia, exploit the University’s underpaid adjunct professors, and toy with the idea of building a 130 million dollar football stadium in a residential area? Enough is enough.
We are letting Temple University’s Board of Trustees know that if they attempt to fire Hill, there will be consequences.
Come out to show your support for Marc and let Temple know that they can’t silence us.
From the river, to the sea, Palestine will be free.
Temple Students For Justice in Palestine
Workers World Party
Party for Socialism and Liberation
Black Alliance for Peace
Jewish Voices For Peace - Philadelphia
Mobilization for Mumia
Philly Don't Orchestrate Apartheid
Food Not Bombs Solidarity
International Action Center
Philly Socialist Action
Black and Brown Workers Cooperative
Temple University Black Student Union
Temple University South Asian Students Society
The Saturday Free School